Category Archives: design inspiration

December 10, 2015

Entry way Inspiration

One of my favorite things about row houses are the entry ways.  I love when they feel old and grand.  I’ve been thinking about how we are going finish ours.  None of the original tiles are intact and there is currently no pendant, so we are basically starting from scratch.

Our entryway space is similar in size to this image below.


                       Source: Houzz

I love this wallpaper from Rifle Paper Co.  It’s perfect for an entry way because the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and welcome.

entry wall paper

                                      Rifle Paper Co.: Pineapple (Ebony) Wallpaper

I am leaning towards this tile pattern…

entry tiles

                              Source: The Oregonian

The hardest part is picking a pendant.  Do we go with 1.) Traditional 2.) Geometric/Modern  or 3.) Vintage?   I love them all!

1.) WayFair: Penn Station 3 Light Pendant

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2.) Shades of Light: Clear Glass Prism Pentagon

entry light

3.) Shades of Light: Clear Seeded Glass Globe 

entry light 2

Cheers, Hayley

October 26, 2015

The Upstairs Office

Now that all the rooms are framed out, we are starting to get a sense for the size and space.  I am starting to think more about what furniture we will need in each room and how to lay it out.  I love West Elm, and I recently discovered their Room Planner and it’s my new favorite thing.

With the Room Planner I created the layout for the office below.  Since we only have three bedrooms (and one of them is our master) we want this room to be somewhat of a flex space that can be used as an office or a guest room in case we have a few people staying with us at one time.  office layout

I think we will paint the walls a light grey which will look nice with the wood trim, shutters, and walnut floor.

BM - Grey Owl

Benjamin Moore – Gray Owl

Originally we were going to do a wall of built in shelves but ultimately we have decided its better to buy some key furniture pieces which will allow the room to be easily changed up/rearranged in the future.  This room doesn’t have a closet so I think adding an armoire makes a lot of sense.  The over sized chair with be a pull out twin bed.

West Elm - Patchwork Armoire

CB - Karnes Cot Sleeper

bar cart West Elm - Mid-Century DeskPB -Nash Swivel Desk Chair

Target - Aztec Rug

I think it all has a fun Mad Men vibe!  Cheers, Hayley

West Elm: Patchwork Armoire // C&B: Karnes Cot Sleeper // CB2: Bar Cart // West Elm: Mid-Century Desk Acorn // PB: Nash Swivel Desk Chair // Target: Aztec Rug

October 16, 2015

Patterned Tiles in the Powder Room

We are currently finalizing all our tile selections for the three bathrooms and the kitchen.  We are going to put a fun patterned tile on the wall behind the toilet in the powder room.  Below are some options we are looking at…


I’d really like to paint the walls a rich navy blue…

We will have a floating toilet and small console sink with thin white subway tiles behind the sink.

powder room

This is my inspiration for the mirror and lighting…

And a “Wash Closet” or “Toilette” sign on the outside of the door!wc signtoilette sign

Cheers, Hayley

October 14, 2015

Contruction Update and Parlor Floor Design Renderings

Now that demolition is complete the framing is going up!  Metal beams have been added to each of the ceiling beams since we took out a load bearing wall and the metal beams you see in the picture below are being used to frame out the rooms.

A lot of other stuff has been going on too that you can’t see like all new electrical wiring and plumbing.

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It’s still a little hard to imagine what it’s all going to look like so I am sharing some renderings our architects did.  The finishes will not look exactly like they do in the renderings but it gives you an idea of the general layout of the first floor.

This space….


Will be transformed into this space…




Cheers, Hayley

October 7, 2015

Kitchen Options

It’s Kitchen Wednesday! That’s not actually a thing but I thought I’d share some design renderings of different kitchen options our architects put together.  Punit and I have pretty much decided the finishes we like and its sort of a hybrid of the different options below.  Also we are going to have a tile backsplash instead of exposed brick.  But I am interested to hear what everyone think about the designs.  What do you prefer?  Anything you would consider?

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Cheers, Hayley

October 6, 2015

Floor Plans

I have added a page to show the floor plans.  Check it out here or below!  Once construction is complete this is what the layout for each floor will look like.  It took us months of going back and forth with our architects, Dylan and Javier, and seeing many iterations before we decided on these plans.

Parlor Floor Layout

Parlor Floor Layout

Second Floor Layout

Second Floor Layout

Garden Floor Layout

Garden Floor Layout

This is the original floor plan from when we bough the house.

original floor plan.jpg

Cheers, Hayley

July 1, 2015

Showroom Visits in Manhattan

Last week we went with our architects, Dylan and and Javier of Rockstarchitecture, to visit some design showrooms in the city.  We wanted to get an idea for the materials and fixtures for the kitchen and bathrooms so the contractors can more accurately make bids.

First we looked at bathroom fixtures.  We will have three bathrooms in our two floor living space when we are done with the renovations.  We will have a master bath and guest bath on the second floor and a powder room on the parlor floor off the kitchen.   The options for faucets, shower heads, knobs, toilets, and sinks are endless!  Of course I was gravitating towards all the vintage looking items and Punit towards modern.  We both made compromises and I think we ended up somewhere right in the middle.  We also decided that the master bath will feel more like a zen retreat so it will be more modern and the guest bath will be more traditional. I also agreed on the wall mounted toilets because as everyone pointed out to me they make is so much easier to clean the floor. The base of toilet bowls tend to trap a lot of gross stuff.Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

After looking at bathroom hardware and fixtures we went to look at tiles.  We got a good idea for all the tiles in the masterbath but the jury is still our on the guest bath.  For the powder room we chose some cool funky tiles for the wall behind the toilet and white subway tiles for behind the sink.  For the kitchen we will likely go with white subway tiles.

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Between showroom  appointments we stopped at a coffee shop and I browsed some shops.  It is funny how when you have interior design on the brain suddenly you find inspiration everywhere you look.  I was loving the ceiling and light pendants in the coffee shop and the ladder attached to the bookcase in the bookstore in the back of the coffee shop.Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

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Our final stop was a kitchen showroom.  We got an idea for cabinet styles and functionality.  We are thinking a mixture of walnut and grey cabinets with subway tile, carrara countertops and of course our black and brass Lacanche range.

After our day exploring design options, Dylan and Javier put together this rending of our master bathroom based on our tile selections…

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Rendering of master bathroom by Rockstarchitecture

Needless to say we are pretty psyched!

Cheers, Hayley

June 17, 2015

First Renovation Purchase

We have made our very first reno purchase… and it’s a kitchen range!  It’s probably fitting since we spend most of our time thinking about food.

We have purchasing a Lacanche Range.  It’s french, oolala!  We were going back and forth between the Cluny and the Sully models and ultimately decided on the Sully.  The main reason we chose the Sully is because the interior oven dimensions are bigger. The Cluny would have also been great but I think long term the Sully was the better choice.

Isn’t it beautiful?


What’s great about the two ovens is that you can customize them so one is gas and the other is electric/convection.  Also the cooktop comes with a portable simmer plate so you can use the space to keep food warm after it comes off a burner or out of the oven.  The lead time is a bit long since it is made in France, so that is why we ordered it right away.  Hopefully it will be here and installed and ready for use by December.  Meantime I need to practice my gourmet cooking skills.

Cheers, Hayley

P.S. Some kitchen inspiration…

kitchne with lacanche

Source: Domino